Much like The Freddie Mercury Album, The Great Pretender was compiled by Queen Productions and features specially commissioned producers who remixed many of Freddie's best-known and highest-regarded material. (Why The Freddie Mercury Album wasn't considered good enough for US audiences has never been fully explained.) Of course, the tracklist differs slightly from its British counterpart: The Great Pretender was remixed by Brian Malouf and features a harder, more rock-oriented edge to it, as does Love Kills, while the Barcelona album is completely unrepresented, the title track instead replaced by My Love Is Dangerous. (CD versions feature another remix of Let's Turn It On, though its worth fluctuates depending on the listener's appreciation for techno music.)
Freddie's solo material hadn't been all that popular in North America, especially when he originally released it (between 1985 and 1988), so it comes as little surprise that The Great Pretender failed to chart, though it did reach the upper reaches of the Top 20 in various European countries. Unusually, this disc was included in the all-encompassing Solo Collection box set in 2000, probably because it features three remixes instead of the original versions that the UK counterpart has.